In the last year, negligence claims made against the NHS reached double the level of 10 years ago. There are a variety of behaviours which might be argued as negligence. Commonly, these include misdiagnoses and errors in prescribing and dispensing medication. In more dramatic cases, they can involve items left behind inside patients following surgery.

Of course, it is important that there is a robust procedure in place for patients who suffer owing to the negligence of the medical professionals who oversee their treatment. This not only allows victims to receive fair compensation for injury or distress; it also ensures that hospitals remain accountable to the patients that they treat.

There are a number of potential explanations and theories as to why the UK might be experiencing a rise in the number of negligence cases brought forward. The proposed explanations range from the assertion that the NHS is starting to fail and performance is suffering, to a simple case of having more effective procedures and guidelines in place. Patients today are much more likely to know about and understand NHS schemes for claiming negligence and compensation.

The effects of medical negligence on patients range from mild inconvenience to death. Fortunately, the majority of negligence claims are for minor incidents.

The infographic below from sets out everything you could possibly want to know about the rise in the rates of medical negligence in the UK. While the debate about the cause of the rise continues, so does criticism of the current state of the system.

Medical Negligence

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